Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

Counseling Master's Program

Overview of the Program

The Counseling Masters of Arts program is a 5 semester program that emphasizes a solid foundation in clinical theory and research, along with extensive training in clinical skills. Supervised fieldwork/practica are a required part of the program, including experience working directly with clients in the HSU Community Counseling Clinic, administered and supervised by the Psychology Department faculty.

The program is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Academic requirements for the Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) license and a minimum of 285 hours of supervision by a licensed professional are provided.

The program is administered by a faculty committee which plans the curriculum, makes program policy, and selects students for admission. The chair of the committee, the Program Coordinator, serves as official advisor to all students in the program.

Admission Requirements

Students are accepted into the program based on academic record, human services experience, demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, and the potential for becoming effective and ethical psychotherapists.

Applicants are screened first on the basis of their application materials and then a personal interview. Students are admitted during the fall semester only.

A bachelor’s degree with substantial preparation in psychology is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0, some experience in human services and /or research, and goals that match the program’s objectives are expected. Three letters of reference must be submitted through CalState Apply by the application deadline. 

The following course prerequisites are required to be completed before the start of the program:

  • Intro Research Design
  • Intro Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Sample Curriculum

First Semester— Fall, 13 units

Research Methods: Philosophy & Design, Interviewing & Counseling Techniques, Theories of Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy, Law and Ethics in Psychology, Practicum Preparation.

Second Semester—Spring, 17-21 units

Advanced Psychopathology: Diagnosis of Mental Disorder, Research Methods: Evaluation, Psychotherapy with Children and Families, Licensed Supervision, Assessment & Testing for Psychotherapists, Assessment & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).

Third Semester—Fall, 16-19 units

Developmental Psychopathology, Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, Licensed Supervision, Mental Health Addiction and Recovery, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).

Fourth Semester—Spring, 14-17 units

Sexuality Counseling, Aging & Long Term Care, Couples Therapy, Licensed Supervision, Advanced Psychopharmacology, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).

Fifth Semester - Fall

Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).

NOTE: The above is a sample curriculum that is subject to changes in order as well as content based on Board of Behavioral Sciences requirements.


How to apply

All applicants apply to the university through CalState Apply. Applications open October 1st. The deadline to apply and provide all supplemental materials is February 1st. All applications received by this date will receive full consideration, and initial admission decisions are made by April 1st

Supplemental Application Materials

Send forms to

Autobiographical Questions

Counseling Prerequisite Form

Counseling Prerequisite Form - Word Doc


Contact Us

Faculty Coordinators

Dr. Carrie Aigner & Dr. Sarah Haag


Graduate Program Coordinator

Cortney Koors